Monday's NHL Prediction

2011 NHL Picks and Predictions Capitals Penguins

PITTSBURGH, PA (TheSpread) – The Washington Capitals take on the Pittsburgh Penguins in a clash of two of the top teams in the NHL on Monday. Here is a breakdown of my pick for this game.

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Washington is 31-19-10 on the season and 14-12-3 on the road. The Caps have scored 164 goals and allowed 153. They have lost 6 of their last 10 games.

Pittsburgh is 36-19-5 on the season and 20-10-1 at home. The Penguins have scored 178 goals and allowed 146. They have split their last 10 games.

Oddsmakers from online sportsbook Sportsbook.com have given Washington betting odds of -126 for today’s game while Pittsburgh has odds of +116. The over/under for goals scored has been set at 5.5. Here is a look at the trends and my pick for tonight’s game.

Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 7:30PM ET (View Matchup)

Pittsburgh has some key injuries to Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin that have the team at less than 100 percent. Washington has won 6 of the last 7 meetings with the Penguins and the last 4 in Pittsburgh. With a weakened team, I expect that trend to continue and my pick is with the Capitals to win.

NHL FREE PICK: WASHINGTON CAPITALS -126

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